iPhone 11 may tap Samsung or MediaTek to join Intel in replacing Qualcomm modems

There have been multiple reports citing that Apple’s iPhone won’t be getting a 5G modem until the 2020 models. However, a new report from Reuters says that this year’s iPhone 11 may include it…

According to the report, Apple has considered Samsung, MediaTek, and its current wireless chip provider Intel to supply 5G modem chips for the 2019 iPhones.

Prior to 2016, Apple relied on Qualcomm exclusively for the iPhone’s wireless chips. Between 2016-2017, Apple split its supply chain, having Qualcomm and Intel as its suppliers. And in 2018, Apple solely used Intel chips for its iPhones.

Despite this, Apple’s supply chain executive Tony Blevins says that Apple is also considering MediaTek and Samsung to supply the chips.

Previous reports from various reports have speculated that the iPhone won’t get 5G at all until next year’s iPhones. Apple has a history of being behind in terms of cellular technology in its iPhones and iPads. The company didn’t release support for 4G LTE until the iPhone 5, and only the iPhone XS and 2018 iPad Pro’s support the latest 256 QAM and 4×4 MiMO LTE standards. It wouldn’t be a surprise if Apple waits till next year to implement 5G, waiting for better adoption around the world.

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